Friday August 15, 2014

Special thanks to @yapsnyc for sending me the You Just Got Litt Up! coffee mug. Thank you very very much!  I'm using it as I type this morning.

Can we PLEASE let Robin Williams rest in peace?

Deadline is reporting that "TV Land continues to expand its comedy brand into younger and edgier original fare. The latest project the cable network has put in development is an untitled single-camera comedy project created by and starring comedy duo Dana & Julia, creators of MTV’s breakout high school comedy Faking It. Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov will play versions of themselves in the project, loosely based on their real-life experiences when they moved in together after going through breakups at the same time. Dana & Julia are best friends who have been writing and performing together for almost 20 years. They got their break when Adam Sandler discovered them at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 2002. The two also wrote and headlined a WB pilot in 2004 and have sold a number of scripts. Their Comedy Central digital series Biatches will premiere later this year."

Vulture is reporting that "this fall, Netflix is getting into it in an even bigger way. Besides the already-announced Chelsea Handler special, Netflix will be releasing Jim Jefferies: BARE on August 29, Chelsea Peretti's One of the Greatson November 14, Bill Burr’s I’m Sorry You Feel That Way on December 5, and Bill Cosby's (yes, Bill Cosby's) Bill Cosby 77 on November 28. Cosby is quite the get for Netflix. Besides being a living legend and everything, he hadn't released a special in 30 years until last year's terrific Far From Finished. Jeffries and Burr already have specials available for streaming on Netflix, but this is Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Peretti's first hour ever. None of Cosby's specials are on Netflix, but you can watch Himself on YouTube, and you should, because it is legitimately the best."  If you're going to watch any of these, I recommend Bill Burr.

More from Vulture and this time it's Tig Notaro interviewing Garfunkel and Oates, three very funny women.  If you ever get a chance to see Tig Notaro do standup, I highly recommend it. (You should actually check out this video of Tig telling a pretty amazing story about Taylor Dayne.)  Here's a sneak peak of the interview with G&O:

"People ask what my influences are, and for me, it’s not always obvious. One of my biggest inspirations was Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders. That’s based on how she just does whatever she wants to do, and I love her attitude about everything. It bleeds over into my way of thinking and comedy. I’m curious what influences you have that aren't obvious. 

RL: Well, I think we’re both really into musicals. I’m also really into Eminem. I kind of copy his way of rhyming things. Or I try to. He’s way better at it than me.

Really?

KM: Riki has a painting in her apartment of her and Eminem.

What about you, Kate? 

KM: I guess one that wouldn’t be obvious is — well, maybe it’s super obvious, I can’t tell — I Love Lucy is my favorite show, going back to when I was 4. I’ve watched every episode I don’t know how many times. It was something to watch women being funny when I was young.

RL: And also Mister Rogers for you.

KM: Oh, yeah, that’s true."

A ton of comedian news today.  The Hollywood Reporter notes that comedian "Mike Birbiglia is heading to Orange Is the New Black.

"The actor-comedian has joined the cast of the critically adored prison dramedy's third season in a recurring role. The part will remain shrouded in secrecy, which is in keeping with showrunner Jenji Kohan's philosophy on spoilers. In a recent cover interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Kohan would say only that the series' third season will be 'about faith, to a certain extent.'

"Birbiglia's new gig comes as he continues to build his film portfolio, having wrapped roles in MGM's Reese Witherspoon vehicle Don't Mess with Texas, Judd Apatow's Trainwreck and Digging for Fire withJake Johnson. He was most recently seen in the box-office smash The Fault in Our Stars, and will appear next in the film iteration of Annie, starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Cameron Diaz.

"Netflix execs are already familiar with Birbiglia's brand of comedy having worked with him on the 2013 one-man show My Girlfriend's Boyfriend. The 36-year-old comic is currently honing his material on a 100-city tour of his stand-up show, Thank God for Jokes."

Not sure how I feel about this one (or the fact that he seemingly has his own name tattooed on his chest), but "[t]he sexuality of fan favorite Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus) has long been a source of speculation for Walking Dead fans, and in an interview with comicbook.com, series creator Robert Kirkman addressed the question directly. When asked whether Daryl's being homosexual was a possibility they had considered, Kirkman said, 'All I can say is that it’s been discussed. We have very specific ideas about Daryl’s sexuality (or the seeming lack thereof), and if there’s ever a quiet period in the show where he’s not consistently distracted by crossbowing … we’ll tackle it in the show.' The interviewer followed up by asking whether AMC would be okay with Daryl being gay, to which Kirkman responded, 'For the record, they absolutely would.'" 

Is Jake Johnson the greatest drunk actor of our time?  He's a Cubs fan so he's ok in my book no matter what.

The Great Food Truck Race premieres on Food Network on Sunday night.

Emmys were handed out for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media  on Wednesday night. Winners included Discovery’s Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda for multiplatform storytelling; HBO’s Game of Thrones Viewer Guide and Comcast’s Xfinity platform on its X1 set-top box for user experience and visual design, and Pivot’s HitRecord on TV and Nat Geo’s Live From Space for social TV experience. Lori H. Schwartz, former IMPG co-governor, was given the Lucy Hood Digerati Award.

Reluctantly Healthy, hosted by Judy Greer (Arrested Development), joins CW’s One Magnificent Morning Saturday morning line-up, premiering October 4 at 7a. Show is based on Greer’s Yahoo series about trying to live a healthy life.  I'm also enjoying her on Married on FX.